Bloomberg owes its success in maintaining its status as a financial information and data giant over the past few decades thanks largely to technology. After its creation in 1981 when Bloomberg shortly thereafter became synonymous with the large computer terminals on the desks of Wall Street and financial trading floors around the U.S., the company now describes itself as an information and technology company. With 19,000 employees worldwide, it offers software, financial, media and data services — with data heavily embedded in its DNA. Recently added to its immense data-management structure is a Kubernetes layer, which Bloomberg adopted about three years ago.
During a podcast hosted by Joab Jackson, managing editor, and Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief, of The New Stack at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018; Steve Bower, data and analytics infrastructure lead at Bloomberg, discussed why and how Bloomberg transitioned its data and infrastructure operations to Kubernetes and a largely cloud native platform and what he learned from making the move.